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May 12, 2014

MyPlan: New Schedule Builder Helps UW Students With Planning

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With “Schedule Builder” in MyPlan, the UW’s academic planning tool, students can see which courses and sections will best fit their calendar for upcoming quarters. Students can select “Schedule Builder” in the Quarter Details page for any quarter with a published time schedule, and save up to three schedule options to consider later. They'll also receive alerts when desired sections are restricted, closed or conflict with registered courses. When it’s time to register, students can refer to their saved schedules for easy access to course and section information.

May 9, 2014

UW Instructors: New and Enhanced Canvas Features Coming

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UW instructors can try out the enhanced Conversations (inbox) and Gradebook in Canvas Learning Management System before they become the default on May 24. Also, in June, the much-requested "Draft State" course-level feature will become available, allowing content in Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions, Pages and Modules to exist in an unpublished (draft) state. Get details about Draft State and watch a four-minute overview video.​

May 6, 2014

E-RESOURCE: The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960-1974

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Explore the sixties in America, a decade that included the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Civil Rights movement, Woodstock, the Vietnam conflict, the first moon landing and much more. The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960-1974 includes diaries, letters, posters, cartoons, songs and speeches by such figures as Abbie Hoffman, Timothy Leary, Joan Baez and Coretta Scott King. This online collection is brought to you by UW Libraries and the Kenneth S. and Faye G. Allen Library Endowment.

May 1, 2014

New “enLightning” Talks: Transforming Traditional Courses to Hybrid or Online—May 13

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Join faculty members for five-minute “enLightning” talks about transforming courses from traditional to hybrid or online. Technology Teaching Fellows from Chemistry, Philosophy, Geology, Education, American Indian Studies, and the College of the Environment will describe some of the techniques they used to alter their courses at the talk, on May 13 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in Odegaard Library, room 220. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and UW-IT. Register now.

April 23, 2014

UW’s IT Connect Website Wins Award of Excellence

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Competing against 62 other entries, UW’s IT Connect website recently won a Society for Technical Communication (STC) International Summit 2014 Award of Excellence. STC is an organization of professional communicators, and this annual award recognizes “exceptional understanding of technical communication principles.” Winning this award validates UW-IT’s work when redesigning IT Connect last year to create a user-friendly, mobile, responsive, and accessible website on information technology tools and resources for the UW community.

April 14, 2014

New Web Vulnerability: “Heartbleed”—What You Should Know

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A major Web security vulnerability named “Heartbleed” was disclosed by security researchers last Monday afternoon. It affects a large portion of websites on the Internet that use OpenSSL to encrypt Web traffic (pages that start with https), and could enable remote attackers to steal sensitive information such as passwords from a vulnerable server’s memory.

At the UW, the Weblogin servers, which handle authentication of your UW NetID passwords before you can access online services, were patched less than 24 hours after disclosure and are no longer vulnerable. Other critical servers managed by UW-IT were similarly remediated.

At this time, UW-IT staff have found no evidence that NetID passwords were successfully captured by malicious attackers. However, this is a good time to review your password habits. Here’s what you can do:

  • Change your UW NetID password if you have been re-using it for other accounts. Your UW NetID password should be different from passwords you use elsewhere.
  • Do not click links in unexpected emails that ask you to reset you password or otherwise disclose personal information.

Details for the UW community about Heartbleed, including FAQs and resources, are available on the UW Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) website. Please contact help@uw.edu if you have questions.

April 13, 2014

Help for UW Students Preparing Presentations

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Students preparing presentations on their research or other work can get help at several upcoming technology workshops. A new Academic Poster Design workshop on May 1 provides just-in-time help for students in the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Students who need to present work online or through video may benefit from UW-IT’s other workshops on Final Cut, iMovie and Web development technologies; register today.

April 11, 2014

Canvas App Center Offers Quick Access to Teaching Tools

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A new Canvas App Center in the Canvas Learning Management System provides easy access to third-party tools designed to enhance the learning experience by bringing additional resources and activities into the course setting. These tools offer UW instructors single sign-on and integration with Canvas. UW-IT has reviewed the App Center listings and has only included tools that operate via a secure connection, offer customer support and function as advertised. Learn more.

April 10, 2014

Explore, learn and connect: UW TechConnect a success

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The one-day UW TechConnect conference on March 25 attracted 400 people to Odegaard Undergraduate Library & Learning Commons for informative talks and workshops including Flipping the Classroom, Office 365, IT Service Management, Tableau data visualization, and Enterprise Architecture strategy. Tweets reflected the enthusiasm: “Really neat to see all the incredible efforts and projects rolling out” and “A great forum for exchanging information and ideas.” The UW Computing Directors sponsored the event with UW-IT. Visit the TechConnect website for photos and stories, presentations, materials and more.